The Latest on the conference championship games (all times EST): 8:15 p.m. The Chiefs needed just four plays in the second half to make the AFC championship a game. Patrick Mahomes threw a 54-yard strike to Sammy Watkins to convert on third down, then hit tight end Travis Kelce on a skinny post for a 12-yard touchdown to get within 14-7 of the Patriots. The play to Watkins went for 20 yards more than Kansas City managed the entire first half.
The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough dashes of defense to negate the high-powered offense of the Los Angeles Rams.